Modern society is preoccupied with the pursuit of progress and novelty in all aspects of its existence. But has anyone ever considered whether the best things and times are behind us, rather than ahead of us, and if so, what we should do about it? Even if this is not the case, the rapid acceleration of progress can be nauseating. An answer and a cure for these modern-problems, on the other hand, was discovered by a couple in their 50s. Ruth Shelley and Robert Oestmann made the decision to travel back in time and live their lives in the 1930s, also known as the Great Depression era, for a period of time in their lives. They are not depressed, however, as a result of their newfound lifestyle; on the contrary, the newly engaged couple discovers numerous benefits and advantages to continuing to live in the past.
Breaking news: despite the fact that their engagement is mentioned in passing in the article, the couple has confirmed that they have only recently become engaged! It’s very exciting, though it shouldn’t come as a surprise given the level of chemistry Ruth and Robb have with one another. Let’s wish them a happy wedding anniversary! Allow it to mature like a fine vintage wine!
The same set of questions were posed to Ruth and Robb, and they each came up with their own set of responses, so without further ado, let’s get into it. Let’s start with Robb and how he came to discover his way of living: “My mother used to collect a lot-of antiques, so I believe that she is responsible for my appreciation for them. Also, I enjoy watching old movies, and I used to do so with my grandmother. These days, I spend my time learning about history by visiting museums and heritage railways. When I dress in period clothing, I find that it feels natural.”
Ruth, on the other hand, was motivated by other factors, and the journey was more of a journey of self-discovery for her. “I was a tomboy, or at least pretended to be one, until I was sixteen years old. I thought I just wasn’t really into-clothes / makeup, and that was totally fine. When I tried 1940s makeup for the first time at an event on the spur of the moment, it drew me in in a way that nothing else I’d tried before had done so before. And everything progressed from there, starting with the makeup, then moving on to clothes and hair a few years later, and I’d say that by the time I was 20 or 21, I was well and truly on the fashion track that I’ve remained on ever since!”
Robb talked about where he gets his clothes from and what he wears. “I buy my clothes wherever I can get my hands on them! In some-cases, it can be difficult to locate the appropriate sizes. When I can, I go to vintage clothing shops, and occasionally there will be a stall or seller at a festival or other event. Every now and then, they’ll have something that will work!” Ruth went on to say “My response is quite similar to Robb’s in this instance. So we shop at vintage clothing stores, both online and in-person, that specialize in selling both original and reproduction vintage fashion, and every now and then we come across something amazing at a charity shop or are given something wonderful by someone who has inherited something and no longer needs it! A lovely lady who had inherited a piece of vintage jewelry from her mother gave it to me, and it became one of my favorite pieces of jewelry.”
The couple’s style, without a doubt, draws attention, and they shared their personal experiences with regard to how others react to their appearance. Ruth expressed herself as follows: “The majority of people seem to enjoy seeing us dressed the way we do! You get a lot of looks, but they are usually positive ones. People have stopped us in the street to take pictures of us, especially when we are out together. On the rare-occasion that I am attending a party, children on the street or in public transportation will approach me and inquire whether I am attending a ball, which is adorable… I admit that I sometimes say yes just to see their delighted little faces!”
Robb went on to say: “It’s been a good experience so far. Occasionally, you’ll come across people who simply don’t get what you’re saying, or who simply don’t want to get it. Their aggressiveness is possible, but extremely rare. Most people think it’s slick and fashionable. Another common misconception about me is that people mistakenly believe I’m trying to be a “Peaky Blinder.” For the most part, I’m just expressing my own thoughts and feelings.”